Bible: Mark 6-8
Rejection at Nazareth
6:1 Now 1 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, 2 and his disciples followed him. 6:2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. 3 Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? 4 And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands? 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son 5 of Mary 6 and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And so they took offense at him. 6:4 Then 7 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, and among his relatives, and in his own house.” 6:5 He was not able to do a miracle there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6:6 And he was amazed because of their unbelief. Then 8 he went around among the villages and taught.
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
6:7 Jesus 9 called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 10 6:8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff 11 – no bread, no bag, 12 no money in their belts – 6:9 and to put on sandals but not to wear two tunics. 13 6:10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there 14 until you leave the area. 6:11 If a place will not welcome you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off 15 your feet as a testimony against them.” 6:12 So 16 they went out and preached that all should repent. 6:13 They cast out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
The Death of John the Baptist
6:14 Now 17 King Herod 18 heard this, for Jesus’ 19 name had become known. Some 20 were saying, “John the baptizer 21 has been raised from the dead, and because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” 6:15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets from the past.” 6:16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!” 6:17 For Herod himself had sent men, arrested John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod 22 had married her. 6:18 For John had repeatedly told 23 Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 24 6:19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But 25 she could not 6:20 because Herod stood in awe of 26 John and protected him, since he knew that John 27 was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 28 heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 29 and yet 30 he liked to listen to John. 31
6:21 But 32 a suitable day 33 came, when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. 6:22 When his daughter Herodias 34 came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 6:23 He swore to her, 35 “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 36 6:24 So 37 she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother 38 said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 39 6:25 Immediately she hurried back to the king and made her request: 40 “I want the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” 6:26 Although it grieved the king deeply, 41 he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests. 6:27 So 42 the king sent an executioner at once to bring John’s 43 head, and he went and beheaded John in prison. 6:28 He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 6:29 When John’s 44 disciples heard this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
6:30 Then 45 the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 6:31 He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 6:32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to some remote place. 6:33 But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot 46 from all the towns 47 and arrived there ahead of them. 48 6:34 As Jesus 49 came ashore 50 he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So 51 he taught them many things.
6:35 When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place 52 and it is already very late. 6:36 Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 6:37 But he answered them, 53 “You 54 give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins 55 and give it to them to eat?” 6:38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” 6:39 Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 6:40 So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 6:41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He 56 gave them to his 57 disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. 6:42 They all ate and were satisfied, 6:43 and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full. 6:44 Now 58 there were five thousand men 59 who ate the bread. 60
Walking on Water
6:45 Immediately Jesus 61 made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dispersed the crowd. 6:46 After saying good-bye to them, he went to the mountain to pray. 6:47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land. 6:48 He 62 saw them straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. As the night was ending, 63 he came to them walking on the sea, 64 for 65 he wanted to pass by them. 66 6:49 When they saw him walking on the water 67 they thought he was a ghost. They 68 cried out, 6:50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them: 69 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:51 Then he went up with them into the boat, and the wind ceased. They were completely astonished, 6:52 because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Healing the Sick
6:53 After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret 70 and anchored there. 6:54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus. 71 6:55 They ran through that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever he was rumored to be. 72 6:56 And wherever he would go – into villages, towns, or countryside – they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if 73 they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Breaking Human Traditions
7:1 Now 74 the Pharisees 75 and some of the experts in the law 76 who came from Jerusalem 77 gathered around him. 7:2 And they saw that some of Jesus’ disciples ate their bread with unclean hands, that is, unwashed. 7:3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they perform a ritual washing, 78 holding fast to the tradition of the elders. 7:4 And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. They hold fast to many other traditions: the washing of cups, pots, kettles, and dining couches. 79 ) 80 7:5 The Pharisees and the experts in the law asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat 81 with unwashed hands?” 7:6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart 82 is far from me.
7:7 They worship me in vain,
teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.’ 83
7:8 Having no regard 84 for the command of God, you hold fast to human tradition.” 85 7:9 He also said to them, “You neatly reject the commandment of God in order to set up 86 your tradition. 7:10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ 87 and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 88 7:11 But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ 89 (that is, a gift for God), 7:12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. 7:13 Thus you nullify 90 the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”
7:14 Then 91 he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand. 7:15 There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”7:16 [[EMPTY]] 92
7:17 Now 93 when Jesus 94 had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 7:18 He said to them, “Are you so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him? 7:19 For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.” 95 (This means all foods are clean.) 96 7:20 He said, “What comes out of a person defiles him. 7:21 For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 7:22 adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. 7:23 All these evils come from within and defile a person.”
A Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
7:24 After Jesus 97 left there, he went to the region of Tyre. 98 When he went into a house, he did not want anyone to know, but 99 he was not able to escape notice. 7:25 Instead, a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit 100 immediately heard about him and came and fell at his feet. 7:26 The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She 101 asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 7:27 He said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.” 102 7:28 She answered, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 7:29 Then 103 he said to her, “Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.” 7:30 She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Healing a Deaf Mute
7:31 Then 104 Jesus 105 went out again from the region of Tyre 106 and came through Sidon 107 to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. 108 7:32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. 7:33 After Jesus 109 took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s 110 ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 111 7:34 Then 112 he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Be opened”). 113 7:35 And immediately the man’s 114 ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly. 7:36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. 115 7:37 People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
The Feeding of the Four Thousand
8:1 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So 116 Jesus 117 called his disciples and said to them, 8:2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 8:3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 8:4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 8:5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 8:6 Then 118 he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So 119 they served the crowd. 8:7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8:8 Everyone 120 ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 8:9 There were about four thousand 121 who ate. 122 Then he dismissed them. 123 8:10 Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 124
The Demand for a Sign
8:11 Then the Pharisees 125 came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for 126 a sign from heaven 127 to test him. 8:12 Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, 128 no sign will be given to this generation.” 8:13 Then 129 he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
8:14 Now 130 they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 8:15 And Jesus 131 ordered them, 132 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 133 and the yeast of Herod!” 8:16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 134 8:17 When he learned of this, 135 Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing 136 about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 8:18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? 137 Don’t you remember? 8:19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 8:20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, 138 “Seven.” 8:21 Then 139 he said to them, “Do you still not understand?” 140
A Two-stage Healing
8:22 Then 141 they came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Jesus 142 and asked him to touch him. 8:23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him outside of the village. Then 143 he spit on his eyes, placed his hands on his eyes 144 and asked, “Do you see anything?” 8:24 Regaining his sight 145 he said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” 8:25 Then Jesus 146 placed his hands on the man’s 147 eyes again. And he opened his eyes, 148 his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 8:26 Jesus 149 sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.” 150
8:27 Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. 151 On the way he asked his disciples, 152 “Who do people say that I am?” 8:28 They said, 153 “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, 154 and still others, one of the prophets.” 8:29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, 155 “You are the Christ.” 156 8:30 Then 157 he warned them not to tell anyone about him. 158
First Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
8:31 Then 159 Jesus 160 began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer 161 many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 162 and be killed, and after three days rise again. 8:32 He spoke openly about this. So 163 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 8:33 But after turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 164
8:34 Then 165 Jesus 166 called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 167 he must deny 168 himself, take up his cross, 169 and follow me. 8:35 For whoever wants to save his life 170 will lose it, 171 but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. 8:36 For what benefit is it for a person 172 to gain the whole world, yet 173 forfeit his life? 8:37 What can a person give in exchange for his life? 8:38 For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him 174 when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”